The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention says a popular Kellogg’s cereal has been linked to a salmonella outbreak that has infected 100 people in 33 states. The CDC announced Thursday that customers should avoid Honey Smacks, tweeting, “Do not eat this cereal.” The agency says it found salmonella in samples of Honey Smacks.
The CDC says that regardless of expiration date, the cereal should be thrown away or returned to a retailer for a refund. At least 30 of the people infected in the outbreak have been hospitalized. The CDC says most people infected with salmonella develop a fever, cramps or diarrhea within 12 to 72 hours of being exposed to the bacteria.
Some cases turn so severe that patients need to be hospitalized. The infection can spread from the intestines to the bloodstream and other parts of the body. These cases can turn deadly if not promptly treated with antibiotics.